Nothing captures the
charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels
featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective Isabel
Dalhousie. Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the
indefatigable Isabel, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur
detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions,
large and small.
In this latest
installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s endearing series, the Edinburgh
philosopher and amateur sleuth answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy
Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting.
One afternoon over
coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from
Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his
collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was
earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been
approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering
the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the
thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.
Against the backdrop
of this intriguing case, Isabel copes with life’s various issues. She and Jamie
have begun to suspect that their three-year-old son, Charlie, might be a
budding mathematical genius. What should be done about it? Then there is the
question of whether Isabel should help a young couple who wants to move in
together—against the wishes of the girl’s parents. The boyfriend is hoping
Isabel might intercede.
As she wrestles with these problems, Isabel
finds herself tested as a parent, a philosopher, and a friend. But, as always,
she manages to use the right combination of good sense, quick wits, and a kind
heart to come to the right solution, proving once again why Isabel Dalhousie
has become one of Alexander McCall Smith’s most beloved characters. Download and start listening now!